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Termite Exterminator for Your Home or Business

In the St. Louis area, termites can cause extreme damage to the wood that makes up the structures around your home or business. Termites feed on wood 24-7! That means if you have an infestation, you don’t have long till problems arise. If they are not properly identified or taken care of in a timely manner, you will end up having costly and extensive repairs.

Below you will find some information on Termites. If you think you have a termite problem around your home or business, contact the experts at West County Pest Control Today!

Missouri Termite Identification

The two most common types of termites are “drywood” and “ground,” or subterranean termites. Subterranean termites cause about 95% of the termite-related damage found in the United States. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species. They can collapse a building entirely, causing financial ruin for the owner. Be sure to give us a call if you believe you have a termite problem within your home or business.


While all termites have long narrow bodies, they vary greatly in appearance depending on the termite’s role in the colony. Subterranean termite workers are pale cream-colored and 1/8-inch long; soldiers have elongated heads with pincer-like mandibles; and primary reproductives (commonly called “swarmers” and the termites most often seen in the open) are dark brown or black and 1 inch long, with large whitish wings.


Subterranean termites live underground and build protective mud tunnels above ground to search for food. They will die if exposed to open air for prolonged periods. Attracted to moisture (downspouts, leaky hoses, etc.), they will enter a building anywhere there is direct soil to structure contact. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring, when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.


Like other termite species, they feed on products containing cellulose. Unlike other wood-destroying insects, termites actually eat the wood.